Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012

I liked Giesen’s 2011 sauvignon blanc, but I found the 2012 a less appealing drink. ¬†A pale intensity yellow in colour, it has aromatics of tinned asparagus, herbs and lemon. ¬†The asparagus character softens a bit with time in the glass. ¬† On the palate, asparagus, lemon, herbs, short length and high acid contributed aContinue reading “Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012”

Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2012

This Marlborough sauvignon blanc from the 2012 vintage from Babich is fairly typical of the style. ¬†It is a pale intensity lemon-white in colour and has pronounced aromatics of gooseberry, with lesser notes of tinned asparagus, peas and lemons. ¬†Asparagus and peas don’t appeal overly to me in wine, but it’s not there so muchContinue reading “Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2012”

Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011

I don’t drink a lot of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, but equally I don’t hold a faddish stance against it. ¬†The grape variety simply works in Marlborough, it having defined the region much as certain grape varieties have defined the classic wine regions of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. ¬†I think this is no small achievement.Continue reading “Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011”

Giesen The Brothers Chardonnay 2011

This wine stood out in a line up with some chardonnays from Victoria, because you could almost taste its cooler latitude. ¬†Intensely perfumed, its aromatics speak of flint, flowers, stones, pears and apples. ¬†On the palate, its racy acidity is met with carry through flavours of pears and apples, and some lemon pith. ¬†There’s someContinue reading “Giesen The Brothers Chardonnay 2011”

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2010

This is the second Marlborough pinot noir to have come across my desk in the last couple of weeks, this time from Giesen. ¬†I tried this wine over a couple of days, and it improved, so I would suggest decanting it before drinking. ¬†Its aromatics speak of strawberries, red currants, ash, graphite and twigs. ¬†OnContinue reading “Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2010”

Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Babich’s Winemakers’ Reserve pinot noir is made from fruit sourced from Marlborough on the south island of New Zealand. ¬†I really quite like New Zealand and for New Zealand readers, I would note that there is still time to join us. This pinot noir is well made. ¬†To generalise a bit, it fits into theContinue reading “Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2011”